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Originally published April 28 2009

Florida Hospital Caught in Swine Flu Cover-Up?

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) A case of swine flu was diagnosed today in at Florida Hospital and disclosed in an email authored by its chief medical officer, but the infection was immediately denied by Florida Hospital and Orange County health officials, who claimed in a press conference, "There have been no confirmed cases of swine flu by the CDC in Central Florida."

Technically, that may be true. The CDC takes time to independently confirm swine flu infections in its own labs, as it does not recognize anyone else's lab results. During this time, even though doctors treating the patient may have independently confirmed a swine flu infection on their own, hospitals and health authorities can deny the existence of any "confirmed" cases of swine flu.

This appears to be the case in Florida, as an email from Dr. Loran D. Hauck, the chief medical officer of Florida Hospital, seemed to leave no doubt. That email, dated April 28, 2009, said, "A case was diagnosed here in Orlando today on a tourist from Mexico who came to Disney attractions two days ago to visit."

Remarkably, a Florida Hospital spokesperson said in a press conference they "have not talked to the chief medical officer about this [email]."

Wouldn't that be a good idea? Talking to the chief medical officer before talking to the public would seem to make good sense, especially since the entire reason the press conference was called was to respond to concerns about that doctor's email.

Protect tourism!

So why would Florida Hospital and Orange County health authorities be engaged in a swine flu cover-up? The answer is obvious: To protect tourism! Florida's economy depends in large part on tourism, and tourism is already down this year compared to last year, mostly due to the economic downturn. If news of a swine flu outbreak in the Orlando area gets out, people might cancel their travel plans and stay home, causing a loss of revenue to Florida businesses.

Accordingly, the tactic seems to be to deny any infection by citing CDC language, saying "There have been no confirmed cases of swine flu by the CDC in Central Florida."

...which is completely different from saying there is no swine flu in Central Florida. But as long as the CDC lab results aren't in, Florida health officials can stand by this line and delay any admission of swine flu infections.

But was there really a swine flu infection, or not?

The real question here is even simpler than you might think: Why would the chief medical officer of a hospital invent a fictitious email claiming a tourist had swine flu?

I can think of no reason whatsoever why he would do that. In fact, odds are that the chief medical officer was telling the truth and now hospital and county health authorities are backpedaling in an attempt to try to convince people there is no swine flu in Florida.

Mexico, of course, is engaged in the same shenanigans, claiming far fewer deaths than have actually occurred, according to doctors based there (

The upshot of all this is that the public is being lied to about swine flu, and the lies are being thrust upon the public in order to protect commercial profits, perhaps at the expense of public health.

NaturalNews asks: Doesn't the public deserve to know the truth about swine flu infections, regardless of the commercial backlash? Shouldn't lives come before profits?

If swine flu does become a global pandemic (and it's looking like a strong candidate for that right now), at least some of the blame should rest on those who deceived the public about swine flu infections in order to protect their own regional profits.

You can view the doctor's email admitting swine flu here:

Read the original report from WFTV here:

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